Rebecca Salamon – Founding Partner
Rebecca Jodie Salamon known by her family, friends and colleagues, simply as ‘Bec’ was a founding partner of Facilitatrix. Bec wanted to create a service that was both personable and meaningful to her clients and their families and promoted justice and equality. Bec truly believed in the key principles of ‘’Consumer Choice & Control’’ and advocated for transparency, honesty and integrity in everything that she and the Facilitatrix team delivered.
Bec’s career spanned across the social care industry in numerous roles and she was highly committed and dedicated in all the work that she undertook with her clients; taking the time to listen and build positive working relationships.
Bec became ill in 2015, sadly passing away in April 2016, having fought courageously against brain cancer. She continued to promote her ideals inspite of her illness.
Bec is survived by two beautiful daughters and her partner.
Bec is missed by the many professionals she had built positive working relationships and connections with across the social care sector in Western Australia. Her legacy and memory lives on in Facilitatrix and those who are committed in driving her mission, values, vision and strategy forward in delivering the best possible service to clients.
Rebecca had a Diploma of Human Services, with specialist units undertaken in welfare and counselling. Rebecca undertook further studies in Alcohol and Other Drug Sector Management; psychology; working with clients with co-morbidities and complex needs and; working with refugees and survivors of torture and trauma. Rebecca was completing a Bachelor of Social Work as well as a Certificate in Music Therapy and Intuitive Group Work.
Rebecca began her career in human services, 18 years ago, working with clients with severe physical and intellectual disabilities in a high-support residential setting, for the Disability Services Commission. Rebecca then spent many years working in aged care, in both community and residential settings, in both frontline caring roles, as well as senior management positions.
Rebecca spent the next five years at St Bartholomew’s House, providing case coordination, advocacy and support to older people with complex needs, who were either homeless or at risk of homelessness. Through high-level advocacy and lobbying of state and federal governments, Rebecca was successful in gaining additional funding and recognition for this program nationally and played an advisory role in the implementation of the current National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).
Throughout this time, Rebecca developed a solid reputation within the community services sector in WA, as being a key resource and in achieving outstanding outcomes for people with exceptionally complex needs, through her dedication, wealth of knowledge and ability to think ‘outside of the box’.
Rebecca spent the next 4 years, working for the Office of the Public Advocate, initially as an Investigator Advocate and then as a Guardian and Acting Senior Guardian, providing high-level advocacy, complex case work and decision-making on behalf of adults with impaired decision-making capacity, including a number of high-profile matters, before the District and Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia.
In a voluntary capacity, Rebecca had worked as a drug and alcohol counsellor; developing and implementing training programs for suicide prevention; working with socially and financially disadvantaged clients in a community law centre and; working with women experiencing domestic violence. Rebecca had also undertaken a number of humanitarian missions, delivering aid, counselling, education and healthcare to orphans and humanitarian refugees, in Kenya and South-East Asia.
As a keynote speaker and community educator, Rebecca had been invited to speak at a number of conferences around Australia, on a range of topics including aged care and homelessness, for the Health Department, Aged Care Services Australia (ACSA), Aged Care Services Western Australia (ACSWA) and a range of community service organisations around Australia.
Her key areas of interest and expertise were in guardianship and administration; complex case coordination; homelessness and housing; community and residential aged care; working with refugees; mental health and domestic violence. Rebecca was keen to merge her passion for music with her professional skills and expertise and wanted to create unique opportunities for people with disabilities to find inspiration and connect with their communities through music and creative arts.
Rebecca Jodie Salamon - Cert III Human Services, Cert IV Human Services (Welfare), Dip. Human Services, Cert AOD Sector Management.